• Magical identities A young witch or wizard, usually under the age of ten but sometimes older, who has kept their magical ability repressed until it becomes an Obscurus – a violent force of Dark Magic which may burst forth from them unexpectedly (WFT). Podcast:… Read More
• Magical effects An Obscurus is a powerful Dark force that develops inside a young witch or wizard who has to constantly repress or hide their magical abilities (WFT). The children who develop an Obscurus have lived through some kind of trauma associated with magic, which creates shame and the attempt to suppress their… Read More
• Source Rowling’s evening address at Carnegie Hall, part of her Open Book Tour following the publication of Deathly Hallows. She answered pre-selected questions on a variety of topics. The biggest reveals were that Dumbledore was gay and the explanation of why the basilisk venom didn’t destroy the fragment of Voldemort’s soul… Read More
• Character Winkus Oddpick was a writer on the Daily Prophet’s op-ed page (DP3). Oddpick wrote an editorial entitled “Why can’t goblins be more like elves?“, which appeared on p.32 of the Daily Prophet after the Chipping Clodbury riot (DP3). Podcast:… Read More
• Character Olympe Maxime was the headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy in France. She was respected both for her work at her job (GF29) and for her wizarding power (OP20). Though she was a half-giant with the height to prove it, she publicly denied her giant ancestry (… Read More
• Source Hagrid returns and tells the story of his journey with Madame Maxime to the land of the giants, where they were unsuccessful in gaining an alliance. Podcast: Play in new window | Download… Read More
• Source Umbridge replaces Dumbledore as Head of Hogwarts, the students (with the help of Fred’s and George’s inventions) rebel while the staff sit back and watch, and Umbridge tries to get Harry to tell her where Dumbledore is hiding.  Harry confronts Cho about her friend Marietta, continues his Occlumency lessons with… Read More
• Source Harry recalls the dream again, the Gryffindors play Ravenclaw for the final match of the Quidditch season, and Hagrid introduces Harry and Hermione to his half-brother, Grawp, making them promise to look after Grawp if he has to leave. Gryffindor wins the match and the Quidditch Cup, and Ron is… Read More
• Source Hermione and Harry lead Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest, Umbridge insults the centaurs and they take her away, Grawp rescues Harry and Hermione from the centaurs, and Ron rejoins them with Neville, Ginny, and Luna, who insist on helping them in their fight. Luna suggests using the thestrals to get… Read More
• Source Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and other Death Eaters arrive and attempt to take the prophecy away from Harry. The D.A. members fight the Death Eaters and are separated. Hermione is hurt, Neville’s nose is broken, and when they are reunited with the others, Ginny’s ankle is broken and Ron is… Read More
• Source Harry has his final outburst in anguish over Sirius’ death, and Dumbledore tells him everything – about why he must return to the Dursleys every year, about the prophecy, about how Voldemort marked him as his equal, about how it could as easily have been Neville, and about how either… Read More
• Source Harry is reunited with Ron and Hermione, learns of the Order of the Phoenix, and is reunited with his godfather, Sirius Black. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:07 —… Read More
• Source Harry, Sirius, and the Weasleys clean the Black house; Kreacher, the Black family house-elf, shows another darker side to house-elves; Harry is shown the Black family tree; and we learn that Sirius is not only related to the Weasleys and Tonks, but to the Malfoys and the Lestranges. Read More
• Source Harry attends his hearing, Fudge continues to disbelieve him about Voldemort’s return, and Dumbledore arrives to assist Harry. Mrs. Figg testifies and Harry is cleared of all charges. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Character Father of Dolores Umbridge, Orford was an unambitious man who worked for many years in Magical Maintenance at the Ministry of Magic Headquarters. Umbridge was unhappily married for over fifteen years to a Muggle, Ellen Cracknell. They had two children, their older a daughter, Dolores, and the younger a squib son. Eventually,… Read More
• Character Orion Black is the father of Sirius and Regulus; he heavily fortified the family home (likely inherited by his wife, also a Black) at number twelve Grimmauld Place, London. Son of Arcturus and Melania (MacMillan) Black (BFT). One older sister: Lucretia (1915-1992). Married his second cousin Walburga… Read More